Three men have been arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly duping HDFC Bank account holders by reissuing SIM cards linked to their bank accounts using fake identification.
Delhi Police has arrested three people, including an employee of credit card sales department, for allegedly duping HDFC Bank account holders by reissuing SIM cards linked to their bank accounts using fake IDs. 5 mobile phones, 12 SIM cards, 8 debit cards and 2 fake Aadhaar cards have been recovered from the accused’s possession.
The accused, identified as Sunny Kumar Singh, Kapil and Pavin Ramesh used to sell pre-activated SIM cards of HDFC Bank account holders using fake identification.
The matter came to light when a complainant identified as Ajeesh, resident of Delhi’s Malkaganj, approached police alleging that he had received a message regarding reissuing of his SIM card without his knowledge, following which he also received a message regarding password change of his Gmail ID. The complainant later found his SIM card inactive. Suspicious, he went to a Vodafone store only to find that his SIM card had been reissued a few days ago.
Thereafter, the complainant checked his HDFC account statement and found that someone had taken a loan of Rs 11 lakh on his account and had even transferred Rs 1 lakh to another account through internet banking.
Based on the complaint filed by the victim, police registered a case and launched an investigation into the matter.
Technical analysis suggested that the SIM card of the complainant was reissued in Jain Nagar, Karala in Northwest Delhi. After a detailed investigation, police arrested the three accused on June 20.
During interrogation, it was found that the three accused were friends and residents of Rohini, Delhi and its nearby area.
One of the accused, Sunny Kumar Singh, worked in the credit card selling department of a reputed bank at Ambience Mall in Rohini and had access to the bank records from where he used to collect information of accounts having exciting and alluring offers such as Instant Loan, Jumbo Loan, Smart EMI etc.
After collecting details of the bank account holders, he along with the other accused hatched a plan to cheat bank customers to earn quick money. They made fake ID proof through Adobe Photoshop and then used to reissue SIM cards of the phone number linked with the accounts.
They then used to change the linked Gmail ID of the HDFC account so that OTP received on Gmail ID could be read. Subsequently, loans were availed and transactions were made from the account of hundreds of bank account holders to various other accounts within a few hours.